Looking back at the history of (un)equal pay for Mother’s Equal Pay Day


Mother’s Day may have come and gone, but it’s not until May 23 that mothers in America make as much money, on average, as men in the same jobs made in the previous calendar year.

It takes an extra five months and 23 days for a mother working full-time, year-round to reach equivalent pay to a man working year-round, full-time.

Women currently make about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men who do similar jobs. When you factor in race, there’s an even larger range of disparity: Asian women make 85 cents on the dollar, while Latina women make 54 cents on the dollar compared to men. The disparity in pay equity continues to fuel a fight for equality in America’s workforce.

The fight to close the wage gap extends centuries back. From workers’ strikes and letters to The New York Times editor in the late-1800s to the Women’s March of 2017, the voices of women continue to rise.

Despite efforts to shrink the pay gap, Equal Pay Day is not expected to be erased from the calendar year until 2058, the year men and women are currently projected to be paid equally.